Why unusual? Well, because, normally movies with giant bats in them have more “screaming” titles.
“Nowhere Else” promises to be a little different. The film has a budget around $1,5 million, promises cool extras, and even eyes a sequel already.
According to the story: Four young filmmakers have just returned to the Gold Coast after filming a successful surfing documentary.
Two international film producers fund their next surfing documentary and send them down to film at the Great Australian Bite.
On their way through the eerie landscapes and the wide open desert of the South Australian outback, they make a detour from the main road to seek food and shelter in a real one horse town called “Nowhere Else”.
The film makers dine and stay for the night with an estranged man that owns a roadhouse in this dusty town. After an emotional and frightening experience the film makers decide to make a quick exit from the roadhouse.
Soon after, their vehicle is immobilised, which leaves them stranded in the baron desert. They find shelter for the rest of the night in an old abandoned church, which stands out of place in this barren landscape of nothing. What started out as an exciting fun trip for another surfing documentary, turns into a thrilling night of unspeakable terror and a fight to survive.
Now the film says to be based on a true story. Director of the film Danial Donai spoke briefly about the real place called “Nowhere Else” and the story behind the “creature”.
“Nowhere Else is located on a 9,000 acre baron property near the Eyer Peninsular in the South Australian desert. A very good surfing filmmaker friend of mine (Bryce Thurston) inspired me to write the screenplay after he and two other documentary filmmakers witnessed the creature in this area. After he told me of the sighting, I flew us both down to South Australia to check out the location”.
Donai also noted that 2 years prior to discovery of Nowhere Else place, he did a research on world’s largest bats, and came across reports on Cryptid bats.
Cryptid is actually a grouping, meaning there are many species that can fall under the “cryptid” category. The film does not seem to go that deep to entertain a viewer. Maybe, for the better. Some sources even say that these kind of bats are not recognised by mainstream science.
“Nowhere Else is very different from films in this genre because to my knowledge a movie has never been made utilizing a story based around a Cryptid bat,” Donai said. “Such bat does exist around the world and has been witnessed by thousands of people”.
Cult Australian actor Vernon Wells is among the cast members in this Australian horror flick. Aside from that, Wells, an Australian himself, is also an associate producer.
BZFilm spoke to Wells about “Nowhere Else”, and Wells seems to be excited about the film.
“I’ve known Danial Donai for quite a while and as this was his first film as a director and he was having trouble with some of the production side, I volunteered to help as he is a friend,” Wells told BZFilm. “I found no difficulty in being as an associate producer and acting”.
This is Donai’s first directorial work, as he is mostly known in the film industry as a stuntman. He was a stunt double for Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman & Robin (1997).
“Danial was great to work with as a director. He was a lot of fun and kept us all entertained while we worked,” Wells recalls. “He knew what he wanted and he wrote a great script and the whole cast was very professional and easy to work with”.
BZFilm also asked Wells about the financial side for “Nowhere Else”, and a possible sequel. Wells said the financing for this horror flick was private.
“It was a private investment and Danial put up quite a lot of his own money to get the film made,” Wells said. “Of course, we’re hoping to recoup that investment and make a profit for our investors so we can move on to the sequel and raise the $3.5 million required for the budget.”
Speaking about the distribution for the film, Wells said that there is a PR company promoting the film in the U.S., and the there will be screenings organized for distributors to score domestic and foreign distribution as well.
“I think the film is a genuine horror movie. It has things that go bump in the night and make you jump and scream,” Wells said.
“Having shot it in Australia was a good thing as all the locations have never been filmed before which gave the film a very unique look and because it is such a vast landscape, it also added to the terror associated with the picture, i.e., lots of space but nowhere to hide.”
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